commit to lifelong learning, and recent Pew research shows that
75 percent of adults read books
in any format – either print, digital, or both. So, while we all read blogs, watch videos, and listen to podcasts, there’s much to learn and an opportunity to relax with a good book.
So, as in
past years, I am sharing my top book reads of 2022. There are five I am calling out as must-reads for digital transformation leaders, and others depend on your interests and cover agile, innovation, AI, and the metaverse. I also added one special topic about humanity.
Five books are at the top of my 2022 stack and collectively represent a very
balanced reading list for digital transformation leaders.
This is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race by Nicole Perlroth – A CIO/CISO friend recommended this book to me
when I asked for a recommendation on an infosec 101 book. Perlroth’s book
is not a technical or leadership book about security and is more like a
collection of cyber horror stories. Perlroth, an award-winning NY Times
journalist and dove into the zero-day exploit bowels to describe the
marketplace. She tells the stories of the hits that made the news, others
that never made it to the front page, and the very near disasters. It’s a
must-read for every IT, security, and digital leader.
Ascend Your Start-Up: Conquer the 5 Disconnects to Accelerate Growth
by Helen Yu – Helen takes you on two parallel journeys in her book. The
first is a very personal one about her journey to Mount Everest, where she
shares her grit and emotions throughout her mission to bury her
grandmother’s ashes. Her second story is about bringing a new idea to
market. She includes many secrets beyond her “5 disconnects” as you learn
about developing minimally viable products, creating a pricing strategy,
and inspiring a cultural collaboration. Her book is a checklist of the 26
decisions entrepreneurs will face in developing and executing a
The Cold Start Problem: How to Start and Scale Network Effects
by Andrew Chen – You’ll hear marketers target and talk about their
campaign “going viral” and the flywheel effect to grow a business. But
before you start experiencing feedback loops and other network effects
around a product or business, you have to get that first spark of interest
from influencers in your target audience. Andrew tells stories and lessons around the cold start problem from his
days at Uber, but with many other examples from companies like Twitch,
Tinder, Wikipedia, LinkedIn, and Reddit.
The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward
by Daniel H. Pink – I admit that I was apprehensive when a friend
recommended this read, as I always believed it’s stronger to look forward
than back. But Pink helps you see things differently by describing the
four core regrets, telling stories behind them, and sharing advice on how
reflecting on them can make us smarter and stronger people. I learned a
ton about myself from this book and highly recommend it to everyone.
Digital Trailblazer: Essential Lessons to Jumpstart Transformation and
Accelerate Your Technology Leadership
by Isaac Sacolick – It’s on my list because of what readers shared with me
after reading it. Marlene Veum
says it’s “an invaluable resource for anyone looking to successfully lead
a #digitaltransformation. It will make you laugh.”
shares, “Sacolick successfully flashes out the do’s and don’ts of many
aspects of digital transformation, delivering an excellent guide.” But my
favorites come from fans that sent me private messages like “the humor you
bring to the space has me in stitches most mornings” and “this is the book
I always wanted to write. Your approach is spot-on.”
Reads on Specialized Topics: Agile, AI, Metaverse
I read on a wide range of topics and recommend the ones below for the
subjects that interest you.
More to come in 2023, and you can
connect with me on GoodReads
to track my progress.